Pillaging as a career option: it’s the Viking symposium

Posted by mjs76 at Apr 22, 2010 11:20 AM |
Universities of Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham organise event on ‘Viking Masculinities’.

This Saturday (24 April 2010) sees the sixth Midlands Viking Symposium, a collaboration between the Universities of Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham, held in Nottingham.

This annual event brings together people interested in Viking Studies relating to Scandinavia, the British Isles and further afield, including academics, teachers and even re-enactors. The research presented covers topics in population genetics, language, literature, numismatics, sculpture, history and archaeology. But not helmets with horns on, as that’s a myth.

The theme this year is ‘Viking Masculinity’. Dr Philip Shaw from our School of English will present a paper on 'Viking Thomasinas: Cross-Gender Name Elements in Viking Naming Practices' which will look at the use of male name compounds in naming female Viking children and the way that this was used to signal relationships between male and female relatives or to promote familial cohesion through marriage.

Other topics include 'Men of the North: maintaining masculine networks of identity and exchange in the Norse North Atlantic'; 'Uncles and nephews: male kinship ties in Viking society' and 'The masculine world of Bishop Laurentius of Hólar'.

The University of Nottingham is home to the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age. Here in Leicester, we host the website of the Viking Society for Northern Research. And, if you visit one of our Open Days or other public events, you might come across the Draum Broedr re-enactment group slaying each other noisily on the lawn in front of the Fielding Johnson Building.